It’s been a long time since I’ve watched any professional wrestling, so I never really feel compelled to buy any of the figures. Well that all ended last weekend when I strolled into my local Target to find Mattel’s WWE Legends Sgt. Slaughter on clearance. And you know what? He’s a pretty good figure.
The professional wrestling phase of my life happened when I was about twelve. It didn’t last for too long and was soon replaced with super heroes and comic books, but I do remember that time fondly. So when I saw the Sergeant was only three dollars, a perfect storm of nostalgia and a bargain took over. It’s not just because Slaughter was a wrestler though. If that were the case I would have also picked up Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat (which I almost did). No, Slaughter was also a Real American Hero, literally. I always loved his GI Joe character, and the chance to own a six inch version of him for a very reasonable price won out in the end.
Sgt. Slaughter’s look is pretty perfect. He’s wearing one of the many variations of his classic wrestling outfit. I was really impressed with his head sculpt. Slaughter’s got a very unique look not only to his face, but his whole head. There’s his trademark grimacing snarl, and that jutting chin to account for. So it was really nice to see just how well the sculptor captured his likeness.
His coloring is nicely done as well. His outfit is the familiar red, white, and blue. I would have preferred his camouflage, or his USA shirt, but this is fine also. Most of his body is molded in the color it needs to be, so there aren’t a lot of issues. There is a very small amount of slop on his upper chest where the white of the shirt meets the flesh, but it’s hardly noticeable.
One thing that IAT Regular Dayraven has mentioned on various occasions is how nice the articulation is on these WWE Legends figures, and I’m going to have to agree with him. Slaughter’s got similar articulation you’d expect from Mattel’s other lines like DC or MOTU Classics, but it seems to be implemented better here and in some cases even improved upon.
The ball jointed head is more in line with MOTU as it has a wide range of motion and allows for different expressions. Slaughter’s also been able to retain his rocker ankles, which the DC line has not. Then there’re the added improvements like swivel hinge wrists and double jointed knees which were standard on all the WWE Legends figures and not based on a character. Continue to page 2…